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Gmail will get a conversation killer

Choice of message views
Thu Sep 30 2010, 14:55

IT LOOKS LIKE the end of conversations for some Gmail users.

Google has finally relented and will provide the option of ditching its love-it-or-hate-it threaded approach to email inbox organisation.

In a company blog post, Google software engineer Dong Chen finally admitted what Gmail users have known for years - seeing messages in chronological order just works better for some people.

Chen sniffed, “We really hoped everyone would learn to love conversation view.”

Ever since Google launched Gmail in 2004, its threaded approach to email – where back-and-forth email exchanges are bundled into a group in the user's inbox – has been one of its defining characteristics.

But having recently unveiled its Priority Inbox feature – which also aims to organise users’ inboxes for them and helps to differentiate Gmail from rival webmail services – maybe Google realised that it no longer needs to enforce an email management tool that some of its users don't like. µ

 

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